This week, the Document Foundation releases the first full version of LibreOffice -- and puts it up to Oracle's Open Office, Blackberry users will soon be able to access their SharePoint documents, Doculex enhances document collaboration and Ricoh changes direction.

First Full LIbreOffice Release in v3.3

LibreOffice (news, site) has finally released the first full version of its office suite, only five days after its last release candidate. Now available -- in 30 languages -- v3.3 for production use supports all major operating systems including Windows, Linux and Mac.

While successive beta releases have seen the Document Foundation continuously add new features, the final version also includes quite a list of newbie’s -- including a common search toolbar, enhanced print interface and online help.

However, they don’t seem to be quite happy -- inviting members of the community with specific design concerns in four design areas to contribute to the development of the look of the suite.

And it’s already picking up supporters. Ubuntu (news, site) has said that in its upcoming release in April it will include LibreOffice and not OpenOffice from Oracle as it has done in the past.

Access SharePoint Docs with Blackberry

In the mobile space, Research in Motion (RIM) has said that it will be releasing a Blackberry SharePoint client that will manage documents and share SharePoint calendar events.

Exact details of when it will be released have not been confirmed, but it is expected early this year. The client offers document-based collaboration and will be able to integrate with BlackBerry applications like email, browser and calendar.

Another release from the company in the coming months will effectively give users two phones in one. It will enable BlackBerry users to separate their personal data from work-related emails and other applications sponsored by employers.

RIM has also said that its BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware (BEAM), which is also due sometime this year, will better support applications that were initially written for PCs. BEAM is a set of libraries and APIs that "help to mobilize line-of-business applications" for delivery to a BlackBerry.

DocuLex Releases WebSearch Grid

DocuLex (news, site) has also been busy, this time with the release of WebSearch Grid, an addition to its WebSearch Enterprise component of the DocuLex Archive Studio content management software suite.

WebSearch is a secure, browser-based document management software that enhances internal and external collaboration, business process workflow, email archiving, corporate compliance and records retention management scheduling.

The program was developed for use throughout a business's operations to regulate and streamline the flow of documentation and secure content access from any location, anytime.

In addition to enabling distributed processing across a full set of WebSearch installations, WebSearch Grid provides support for increased performance through database replication.

Ricoh’s Strategic Shift

Last September, Xerox (news, site) launched a very expensive campaign to rebrand itself as a document management heavyweight. Now, Xerox's MFP rival, Ricoh (news, site), has announced that it will be investing US$ 300 million over three years to “aggressively” accelerate its shift into the managed document services or outsourced document management space.

Using its core hardware and software technologies, the shift will see Ricoh focusing not just on the provision of hardware and software, but offering entire document management services from capture to printing.

Ricoh has identified shifts in the document management market that are focused on better enterprise returns based on more efficient document management.

At a press briefing held in New York, London and Tokyo last week that underlined the global nature of the business shift, Ricoh said the US$ 300 million would be invested in its managed document services infrastructure with a revenue target of US$ 3.3 billion by 2013. Interested in more?

Snowbound‘s Imaging And Conversion Toolkit

Finally, Snowbound (news, site) has announced the release of its RasterMaster .NET and DLL Imaging and Conversion SDK for 64-bit Systems.

The enhanced packages includes a full 64-bit library with support for annotations, PDF, Microsoft Office, RTF, AFP and many image formats (PCL support coming soon), plus compatibility with all Windows 64-bit platforms and applications.

Snowbound's RasterMaster Imaging and Conversion SDK provides developers with the tools needed to build document viewing and conversion functionality into enterprise workflow applications.

RasterMaster .NET is designed to fully integrate with Microsoft's Visual Studio for .NET tools providing managed code capability, and provides "drag and drop" functionality for object oriented development.

RasterMaster SDK 64-bit DLL is available now, with .NET 64-bit SDK becoming available at the end of January 2011. Pricing starts at US$ 2,495.